Washington D.C. headquartered World Bank has consented $1.5 billion loan for the “clean India campaign” to support the government in its efforts to ensure all citizens in rural areas have access to improved sanitation by 2019.
- This project aimed at strengthening the implementation of the Swachh Bharat initiative of the government.
What World Bank Statistics says?
- There are 4 billion People who lack access to improved sanitation globally, out of which more than 750 million live in India, with 80% in rural areas.
- More than 500 million of the rural population in India continues to defecate in the open, suffering from preventable deaths, illness, stunting, harassment and economic losses.
- One in every ten deaths in India is linked to poor sanitation. And studies show that low-income households bear the maximum brunt of poor sanitation.
Apart from Swachh Bharat Mission (SBM) Support Operation Project, funds will also be used to develop the capacity of MDWS in program management, advocacy, monitoring and evaluation.
- Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation (MDWS) will play the overseeing and coordinating role for the programme and support the participating states.
The World Bank will also provide a parallel $25 mn technical assistance to build the capacity of select state governments in implementing community-led behavioral change programmes targeting social norms to help ensure widespread usage of toilets by rural households.